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Enactus club sweeps regional competition, heads for nationals

UToday HomeMarch 14, 2013

Members of Enactus Calgary now head to the national championships in Toronto May 6-8. Photo by Rita EgiziiMembers of Enactus Calgary now head to the national championships in Toronto May 6-8. Photo by Rita EgiziiThe University of Calgary will send two teams of students with a passion for social entrepreneurism to national finals in Toronto later this spring following championship wins at a regional competition in Calgary.

Enactus Calgary — comprised of more than 60 members who are mainly Haskayne School of Business students — bested teams from across Western Canada to take the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge and the Scotiabank Ecoliving Green Challenge at the Enactus Western Regional Exposition on March 8.

In addition to winning the team categories, Haskayne student Ginelle Polini took home the Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award.

The members of Enactus Calgary undertook two ongoing projects for the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge: Entreprelearn and PUSH. Entreprelearn worked with 75 junior high students and taught them about the triple bottom line: entrepreneurship, creative thinking and brainstorming. PUSH supported student entrepreneurs with funding and custom coaching sessions.

For the Ecoliving Green Challenge, Enactus Calgary helped launch and support Alberta Clean Technologies (ACTL) and developed ECODINE, a green restaurant certification. ACTL collects used cooking oil from 613 restaurants, 115,000 litres of cooking oil each month, and Enactus supported this venture with financial, marketing, and strategic help. In the last 12 months Enactus has helped save local restaurants over $1 million and diverted 1.9 million kg of waste and used cooking oil.

“This is an amazing accomplishment and it reflects the hard work of a dedicated group of students over the last two years to rebuild this club,” says Scott Radford, assistant professor with the Haskayne School of Business, and Enactus Calgary faculty advisor.

“Two years ago, Enactus-SIFE Calgary only had one project that competed in the Financial Education challenge. This year they will be competing for the national title in Entrepreneurship and Ecoliving Green, one of only six teams in Canada. This is also the first time since 2009 that the team will be competing in three competitions at the national level.”

The Western Regional Exposition hosted 20 university teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The regional champions move on to the Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto May 6-8.

Active in 39 countries, Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders supporting progress through entrepreneurial action. In Canada, more than 2,300 students create and implement more than 350 community projects and business ventures every year. For more information, visit


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